Sunday, October 9, 2011

Red Hill Recreation, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada

 The Red Hill area north of Reno's Dandini Boulevard is a rocky desert featuring various desert plants and scenic places to overlook the Truckee Meadows and see mountain ranges beyond. If you have been to the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) campus or the Desert Research Institute (DRI), you have been just south of the Red Hill. Panther Valley is bordering the Red Hill area to the west and Sun Valley to the east.

The National Park Service (NPS) is currently trying to shape a shared vision and conceptual plan for the Red Hill area through community engagement [1]. Washoe County residents are asked to provide their input and ideas on the future use of the Red Hill open space area [2]: This survey allows you to rank the importance—in your mind and life—of hiking and biking trails, equestrian use, restoration and nature projects (bird and wildlife watching), outdoor class room, viewing areas (Reno watching) and picnic tables. Don't miss this chance to leave your electronic footprint.

The Red Hill area should become a recreational hot spot, connecting Sparks and Reno communities with the future Sun Valley Rim Trail and the larger trail network system above and around Truckee Meadows.

References and details
[1] Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program - Pacific West Region. 4. Red Hill Recreation:
[2] Staff report in the Reno Gazette-Journal Sunday, October 9, 2011, page 3D: Weigh in on Red Hill's future.

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